Four of our eight little piggies were taken to the processor this week. Hana and her friend Skylar are saying goodbye along with our reverse herd dog Aggie. When the piglets escaped last month Aggie wasn't the best herding dog, she kept scattering them when we wanted her to round them up. So Alan sent her to them and had her lay down, then when he called for her the piggies followed her home.
We are processing these little piggies in the fall to maximize the flavor. being young, they should be tender. Being fall, they have recently enjoyed the harvest leavings and the fresh pasture and forage of the farm. Winters are cold and stored feeds may not leave meat tasting as fresh as when harvested at the peak of the season. Soon we'll be able to test that concept.
Skylar's daddy shared some wonderful fresh venison with us that he harvested with an arrow and processed himself. Thanks to Joe! Not us, we'll leave the processing to the professionals and enjoy giving them a good life while the domesticated livestock share our farm with us. We like to invite Joe to visit when the wildlife are plentiful.
The week before Thanksgiving and the turkeys are all gone. Since we sold out early (with the help of Aggie thinning out our pastured turkeys we think), Paul Muller will be trading us pork for turkey this year so we won't have to go without. Thanks to Paul!
We will be taking orders for 2010 if anyone has any special requests for custom animals or produce. We have had one request recently for a large order of chickens for shipping that we are considering... but we prefer selling locally to people who know the care that goes into our farm.